Corruption is most effectively discussed by our enemies
Is there corruption in Ukraine? Of course, there is. And when the war ends, it will again be one of our main problems, alongside issues such as the lack of rule of law and demographic concerns
Yes, we are a corrupt state. And this is a systemic problem.
However, Ukraine is more than just corruption. It's not the sole, or even the main issue. Eliminating corruption won't immediately translate into victory over Russia. Corruption does hinder our effectiveness, but not to the extent that it single-handedly obstructs our path to victory. We're far from victory, and corruption isn't the only stumbling block.
If something diminishes your capabilities by 5 percent, removing it doesn't mean you can conquer an enemy twice as strong. Skipping sweets might improve my athletic shape, but it doesn't guarantee victory against someone like Usyk. Does that mean we should tolerate corruption? No. But it's crucial to realize that defeating Usyk requires assistance, preferably from the Klitschko brothers. It would be unwise to criticize oneself for not abstaining from sweets for the last month, thinking it would have led to victory over Usyk.
Excess is counterproductive.
Over the last six months, the corruption discourse has often become unhealthy. There's an excessive focus on corruption, not just from our constructive friends pushing for reforms and systemic changes, but also from our adversaries.
Our enemies aim to diminish our support in the West and demotivate our society internally. Sometimes it appears they're succeeding more internally, sowing demotivation and a sense of hopelessness.
It's crucial to recognize that this is how our enemies frame the issue. Consider who these enemies are and whether they have the right to make such claims—like the Russians, where corruption is significantly higher than in Ukraine, and the Hungarians.
Ah, yes, those same Hungarians.
About the author. Serhii Fursa, investment expert and blogger.
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